- Andrés Segovia Collection
- JS Bach Magnificat in D - Cantata No. 50 - Vienna State Opera Choir & Orchestra Felix Prohaska Conducting
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One of Previn's best recorded performances, this was a piece he clearly loved. And generally good sound... but marred by Dynagrrove screeching in upper strings. Moreover, the accelerated, triumphant ending of the piece is clearly mis-judged. Post-Volkov, we all know this ending is of fake triumph, not the real thing. And it needs to sound like that!
I'm a professional classical guitarist: I listen to a lot of guitar music every day and the guitar sound is very familiar to me. I can affirm without any doubt that these remastered by HDTT are the best Segovia recordings available today. HDTT team succeeded where almost everyone failed before: to extract the pure Segovia sound from his vinyl recordings. Most of the Segovia remasters realized by some famous major have one significant fault: the guitar sounds too close, we can listen ever to the nails of the Spanish master, and there is no room in which the sound could develop. In HDTT there is the perfect balance between the definition of the sound and its developing in the space: I hope we will listen to other remasters like these.
Segovia is of course one of the great musicians of our time. With this album, which I heard in the DXD version, you get to sit back in your listening room and hear the master go to work on some very attractive pieces for the classical guitar. The combination of sound and music is beguiling. One of the pleasures of being an audiophile is to hear a musician this good in sound this good. If the music is less than heaven-storming, so much the better! We are not required anywhere to storm the heavens 24/7/365. An album like this will sell itself. Once people hear it, they will play it for their friends etc. etc. etc. Four stars because the music is "light classical." Otherwise it gets 7 or 8.
Title: Castles of Spain
Artist(s): Played and Arranged By – Andrés Segovia
Recording Info: Released by American Decca 1970
Producer – Israel Horowitz
1 Song And Gaillard 2:50
2 Melancholy Gaillard 2:29
3 Allemande: My Lady Hunssdon's Puffe 1:35
4 Minuet I - Minuet II 2:47
5 Tombeau Sur La Mort De M. Comte 5:06
6 Minuet I - Minuet II 3:46
7 Castles Of Spain (Eight Short Sketckes) 14:06
8 Chant Du Paysan 2:30
9 Waltz, Op. 12 No. 2 2:00
Total Time: 37:09